Editors’ Notes Appropriately—considering he built his early legend with scrappy, underground cassette releases—there’s an unpredictable mixtape quality to Beck Hansen’s first official album. Sonic trapdoors and restless experiments in style lurk everywhere (see campfire rock-meets-electronica twin-pack “Blackhole” and “Analog Odyssey”), as the L.A. native conjures inscrutable funny-dark tales of destitution (“Beercan,” “Soul Suckin’ Jerk”). Then there’s “Loser”: a skipping folk-rap masterpiece that—just like Mellow Gold—is as unclassifiable as it is giddily irresistible.

SONG
Loser
1
3:55
 
Pay No Mind (Snoozer)
2
3:14
 
%*!@?# With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)
3
3:39
 
Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997
4
3:27
 
Soul Suckin' Jerk
5
3:56
 
Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)
6
2:55
 
Sweet Sunshine
7
4:13
 
Beercan
8
4:00
 
Steal My Body Home
9
5:33
 
Nitemare Hippy Girl
10
2:54
 
&*$^?#%*@?#^
11
2:03
 
Blackhole
12
5:16
 
Analog Odyssey
13
1:44